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AussieBum founder and director Sean Ashby was grinning from ear to ear after walking away with a trio of gongs at the Sydney City Business Awards.
Ashby was on hand to receive the Excellence in Business, Excellence in Export and overall Regional Business award at the City of Sydney event held at Town Hall.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the awards help showcase the diversity and achievements of the city’s dynamic business community.
“I’m sure all the businesses will use their prestigious wins to create new opportunities for growth locally and globally,” the Lord Mayor said.
Moore suggested we should not underestimate the contribution of small business, describing them as the “lifeblood of the city’s economy”. The Lord Mayor said small business contribute an estimated $20 billion to the local economy and account for 85 per cent of the city’s business.
[image] Sean Ashby accepts his award. Photo: City of Sydney.
Moore said the City of Sydney have been long time supporters of small business and said the awards provided a great opportunity to “further promote Sydney’s outstanding local businesses and see they receive recognition at a state level and beyond”.
Local menswear designer aussieBum have become a firm favourite with consumers over the years growing from a small enterprise to an international business.
Ashby described the brand’s win as a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their success with colleagues and other business owners.
“To be recognised in a forum like this is a real sense of achievement and validation,” Mr Ashby said.
“Coming together with other businesses that we hold in high esteem is an opportunity that will inspire us to grow.”
Winners of the 2017 Sydney City Region Business Awards:
Young Entrepreneur: Ophenia Liang, Director, Digital Crew
Young Business Executive: Alex Hardy, Senior Manager, Prosperity Advisers Group
Excellence in Small Business: Digital Crew
Excellence in Social Enterprise: Red Earth
Employer of Choice: Polyglot Group
Business Leader: Shane Phillips, CEO, Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation
Excellence in Business: aussieBum
Excellence in Export: aussieBum
Excellence in Innovation: 5B Australia
Start Up Superstar: Kids Club Elizabeth Street
Regional Business of the Year: aussieBum